Writer: OyVeh Maria
Date:Saturday December 28 2013
One look at the Premiership Table this morning and once again we watched yet another 2 points dropped at home to West Brom, the same as last season under AVB.
Baldini should have fallen on his own sword when he had the chance! You have to go back to Sunday the 27th October to find a Spurs home win. We have only won 3 Premiership home games all season. Just 11 points from a possible 27 at home so far this season and just 3 points from 15 in our last 5 home games. Contrast that with the 19 points we have won away from home it almost makes you wish we could play away from home for every match.
Why are we so poor at home? At the beginning of the season we were touted by the pundits as title contenders now look at us! Jermain Defoe not one goal in the Premiership this season, Roberto Soldado: 4 goals, However, newly restored Adebayor, 4 Prem games 3 goals! Go figure!
There is no excuse for our home results or our home performances. Something is missing from our team and Tim, Les and the boys need to take a step back and take a long hard look at how we use the talent we have on the pitch.
Stoke arrive on the back of a 5-1 mauling by the Toons and are missing their Manager from the dugout, Mark Hughes having being charged by the FA for improper conduct, Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic could be out for up to six weeks with a broken finger, Glenn Whelan, sent off for a second yellow, and Marc Wilson sent off after fouling Remy in the box at Newcastle! So here is the question: Can we at least beat Stoke at home? 4 points from 6 for the start of Sherwood`s reign, can we make it 7 points from 9 or are we just kidding ourselves that we are still in with a shout for top 4.
Do we have the creativity to beat these defensive teams? We have the mighty Crystal Palace next after Manure away, the ultimate litmus test of our home form. If we can`t beat Stoke and Palace at the Lane then roll up the tents, put out the home fires and trudge your way down High Road to Severn Sisters Tube Station and listen to the echoes of the laughter coming out of Fulham Broadway and Holloway Road.
Paulinho is available after his three-match ban, but Kyle Walker serves a one-game suspension, so that position choice should be interesting! Defoe, Dembele and Aaron Lennon are doubts, while Younes Kaboul, Sandro, Andros Townsend and Jan Vertonghen will not start.
Our team have spent 16 Premiership Games trying to get a handle on AVB`s set up and now they have to get back to understanding a system that used to be our best. Is it understandable that we don`t look that convincing? Are we a team in transition or are we a team forced into transition by a Board that knows less about Football than we the fans?
It doesn`t really matter whether it`s Limbo or Timbo, Sherwood of Deadwood, defence is defence and under no circumstances should we be letting any more soft goals be scored against us. Even without Vertonghen or Kaboul in the back four, West Brom`s Morgan Amalfitano's free-kick should have been better dealt with!
Our Centre Back positions need to be looked at come the January window and so does our strike force. In fact the whole back four needs addressing and, whilst we are at it, let`s have a look at the people who own our club! We cannot afford to keep relying on Walker for every Prem fixture and the fact that he is serving a one match ban means our only other natural Right Back for Stoke is........Naughton!
Danny Rose is now our first choice Left Back and we continue to expect Michael Dawson to hold the back line in the absence of Vertonghen. If you had a choice would you mount a title challenge with the back four players we currently have?
We also need to understand how to play teams that defend well in the box. We still don`t seem to have that final bit of quality in the box to unpick a defence. We saw it against Wet Spam and the Toons and now West Brom. We have to be better against Stoke in front of goal.
There is no point in Sherwood saying we did not get the breaks, you make your own luck in football. Manchester City had less chances in front of goal than us at the Eithad and yet the 6 chances they did make they scored.
Newcastle and Wet Spam the same, hardly any chances and those they did have they took. We hold the ball up, we get tons of possession and when we do get into the 6 yard box we cannot convert, instead we put headers into the side netting or we don`t make the right kind of moves in the dangerous areas.
We want to see whoever plays for Spurs show some intelligence and guile like City do, provide some magic and vision and be unpredictable, show some quality in front of goal like Suarez, pass the ball around with conviction and stay in shape in front of goal like Everton, be organised and be clinical like the scum and show some commitment like Liverpool. Get there to the tackle and pick up the second ball, play well off the ball by showing some movement as well. Is that too much to ask?
Picking a team for a home game is turning into a lottery and Tim needs to sort it out. Why? Because the most goals we have scored at WHL this season in the Prem is 2 goals! We have the talent we just don`t know how to make it work!
Come on you Sherwood!
Written by OyVeh Maria
Date:Saturday December 28 2013
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